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Alaska

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Alberta

  • Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Endorses New Air Quality Standards for NO2  - 

    The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) recently endorsed new Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The new NO2 CAAQS joins the existing ozone, PM2.5, and SO2 CAAQS.Table 1 shows the new »

  • Alberta's Air Monitoring Directive  - 

    Alberta's Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements of ambient air and emission source monitoring and reporting air quality within Alberta. AMD consists of nine chapters with varying compliance dates:IntroductionAmbient Air Monitoring »

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Arizona

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British Columbia

  • New NPD Government's 2017 Budget Update  - 

    British Columbia's new NPD government released Budget 2017 Update on September 11, 2017. The service plans for each ministry were also updated and released at this time, including the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy and the »

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California

  • SCAQMD Proposed Rule to Regulate Non-Refinery Flare Emissions  - 

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has formed a Working Group and released Preliminary Draft Rule language for Proposed Rule 1118.1. The rule would restrict NOx, VOC, and CO emissions from flares at sources other than petroleum »

  • South Coast Air Quality Management District - Proposed Amended Rule 1110.2  - 

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held its first working group meeting on June 28, 2018, for Proposed Amended Rule (PAR) 1110.2 - Emissions from Gaseous- and Liquid-Fueled Engines. The purpose of this rule is to reduce NOx, »

  • SDAPCD Revision to Rules 1200 and 1210  - 

    The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD) has decided to revise Table II of Rule 1200 and Rule 1210. Rule 1200 is Toxic Air Contaminants-New Source Review and Rule 1210 is Toxic Air Contaminant Public Health Risks-Public »

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Colorado

  • CDPHE Revamping Emission Reduction Credits Program  - 

    Though long allowed by regulation, the emission reduction credit program in Colorado has been mostly dormant. Driven in part by recent developments in the ozone nonattainment area, but also to encourage the development of lower cost pollution »

  • Ozone Nonattainment Update  - 

    As reported previously, last month the US EPA issued an air quality designation establishing the 9 county Denver-Metro-North-Front-Range in marginal nonattainment for the 8-hour 2015 ozone standard. The 2008 8-hour ozone standard remains in effect, »

  • Higher Permitting Fees  - 

    The legislatively approved fee increases for APENs and permit processing are now in effect. The APEN fee is $191.13 for each APEN, and the permit processing fee is $95.56 per APEN. Regulated pollutant and hazardous pollutant fees will increase to »

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Connecticut

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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Delaware

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Georgia

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Illinois

  • Update on 2018 ERMS Season  - 

    The Illinois EPA has a proposal before the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to sunset the Emission Reduction Market Program (ERMS) under 35 IAC 205. ERMS is an Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) approved program for the Chicago »

  • Update on Illinois’ Metro-East Area Ozone NAAQS Designations  - 

    The USEPA has approved the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (Illinois EPA's) request submitted on May 8, 2017 to redesignate Illinois' portion of the St. Louis area (i.e., Metro-East area) to be in attainment of the 2008 Ozone National »

  • Update on 2008 Lead Standards for Chicago and Granite City Areas  - 

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a direct final rule in the federal register to redesignate the Chicago and Granite City areas to be in attainment of the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2008 Pb »

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Indiana

  • Upcoming Reporting Requirements for Indiana Facilities  - 

    The first half of the year is always the busiest time for environmental reporting for Indiana sources. Following is a summary of major environmental reports to which many sources are subject to help ensure that no reports are missed or become last »

  • Proposed Short Term Backup Unit Permit Exemption  - 

    Imagine this scenario, you need to bring in a backup emission unit or control device to operate while planned or unplanned maintenance work is completed on an existing emission unit or control device. The backup unit is either the same size or »

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Iowa

  • Air Quality Client Contact Meeting - May 2018  - 

    The next IDNR Air Quality Client Contact meeting will held on May 17 at 1 p.m. in the Wallace State Office Building located at 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA. Submit agenda items to Matthew Johnson by April 27.

  • Iowa Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association May Meeting  - 

    The Iowa Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) is hosting a meeting on May 10, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gene Taylor, P.E. from Trinity Consultants will be presenting on Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Updates and Common »

  • Linn County Air Quality Ordinance Update  - 

    Linn County Public Health, Air Quality Division is proposing updates to the Linn County Air Quality Ordinance (Chapter 10 - Environment, Article III). The proposed Ordinance is available to the public for review at the Linn County Community Services »

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Kansas

  • Tip of the Month - Reporting Spills in Kansas  - 

    Spill reporting requirements are complicated. Consider preparing a stand-alone Spill Reporting Plan to assist your facility with assessing spill reporting requirements. The plan should include a list of common chemicals at your facility, which spill »

  • Proposal to Add Aerosol Cans to Universal Waste Regulations  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to "universal wastes" regulated under 40 CFR 273. This change is expected to:Ease regulatory burdens for persons who generate, transport, treat, recycle, or »

  • Kansas Tip of the Month - Air Construction Approval Thresholds in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties  - 

    Facilities must obtain a construction permit or construction approval from KDHE prior to commencing construction or modification of an emissions unit if the increase in potential-to-emit (PTE) resulting from the project exceeds certain thresholds »

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

  • LDEQ Proposes AQ380 Rule  - 

    On September 20, 2018, the LDEQ proposed the AQ380 "Project Emissions Accounting and Offset Requirements in Specified Parishes" rule to amend LAC 33:III.504 - Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Procedures and Offset Requirements in Specified »

  • Latest on the 2015 Ozone NAAQS including SIP Revisions  - 

    On October 26, 2015, the EPA strengthened the NAAQS for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb). Murray Energy Corporation sued the EPA in September 2016 challenging the new NAAQS. On August 1, 2018, the EPA filed a final status report for »

  • LDEQ Finalizes Fee Increase Updates  - 

    The LDEQ finalized Rule MM020 on July 20, 2018. This rule is required to correct errors found during the implementation of MM018, the original fee increase rule effective May 20, 2017. The updates impact the following regulations: Louisiana »

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Maine

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Maryland

  • MDE Finalizes Changes to Distributed Generation Regulations  - 

    On February 2, 2018, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) published the final revisions to Maryland's distributed generation regulations codified in Title 26, Subtitle 11, Chapter 36 of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 26.11.36) »

  • MDE Proposes to Allow Interprecursor Trading for NOx and VOC  - 

    On January 19, 2018, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) proposed to amend regulations codified in Title 26, Subtitle 11, Chapter 17 of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 26.11.17). MDE is proposing to allow interprecursor trading »

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Massachusetts

  • MassDEP Now Accepting 2016 Source Registrations and GHG Reports  - 

    On July 31, the MassDEP mailed 2016 Source Registration (SR) & Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting letters to over 400 facilities within the state. These facilities now have until October 19 to electronically submit via the newly revamped eDEP system. It »

  • MassDEP Finalizes its Amendments to Air Pollution Control Regulations  - 

    On March 9, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) published final amendments to a wide range of regulations in its 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 7.00 Air Pollution Control regulations. A summary of »

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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Michigan

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Minnesota

  • MPCA Annual Permitting Efficiency Report Released  - 

    On August 1, 2018, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released its Annual Permitting Efficiency Report, which can be found online here. This report is required under the Minnesota Statutes §116.03, subd. 2b, which codifies timeline goals »

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Mississippi

  • MDEQ Accepting enHance Applications  - 

    MDEQ is accepting enHance applications for new members. enHance is a voluntary initiative to recognize environmental leaders in Mississippi. Participating organizations make a commitment to address and achieve on-going environmental improvements. If »

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Nebraska

  • NDEQ Proposed Changes to Title 129 Made Final  - 

    In early 2017, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) proposed various changes to Title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code. The proposed changes included revisions to NDEQ's procedural public notice requirements as well as a »

  • EPA's E-Manifest System Goes Live June 30th  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will launch its new e-Manifest system on June 30, 2018. E-Manifest is an online system that will be used to track hazardous waste shipments. Although EPA is encouraging use of e-manifest, paper forms will »

  • New Policy for Source Trials  - 

    The NDEQ has implemented a new policy detailing how trials of changes to facility processes or controls will be evaluated pursuant to the Nebraska Administrative Code Title 129, Chapter 34 - Emission Sources; Testing; Monitoring. The "Source Trial »

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

  • EPA Withdraws Approval of New SIP Revision in New Hampshire  - 

    In November 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew its direct final rule published in the Federal Register September 6, 2017 approving the State of New Hampshire's revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) based on a »

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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New Jersey

  • When Odor and Noise are a Nuisance  - 

    Some level of process-related odor and noise emissions can be expected as unavoidable byproducts of industrial operations. In New Jersey, private citizens can call in to report perceived excess levels of odor and noise eliminating from any »

  • Recent Revisions to NJAC 7:27-16.3  - 

    The NJDEP recently published revisions to NJAC 7:27-16.3, Gasoline transfer operations. These changes will affect many gasoline dispensing facilities in the state, no longer requiring them to install Stage 2 vapor recovery systems. It has been found »

  • Reminder: CY2016 Title V Emission Fees Due for Payment  - 

    If you are a Title V facility in New Jersey, look out for the CY2016 Title V emissions fee invoices. This fee will be calculated based on the actual emissions you reported to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in the »

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New Mexico

  • Permitting Nonroad Engines in New Mexico  - 

    Permitting requirements for nonroad engines in the state of New Mexico vary based on the agency authorizing your Air Quality Permit. The two agencies that will be discussed within this article include the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and »

  • NMED Releases GCP-O&G  - 

    New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau (AQB) released the long awaited GCP-Oil & Gas (GCP-O&G) at the end of April 2018. This new form set will be used to register new and existing minor source oil and gas facilities, replacing »

  • NMED Releases Draft Plan and Proposes Rule on PM10 in Southern New Mexico  - 

    In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Exceptional Events Rule. Under the rule, areas with "historically documented" or "known seasonal" exceptional events are required to develop mitigation plans. In a three year »

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New York

  • NY Issues Good Neighbor Petition  - 

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed a petition on March 12, 2018, stating that pollution from upwind sources significantly contributes to nonattainment of the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) »

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Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Delegation for NESHAPs  - 

    Written comments on the proposed updated regulations governing Oklahoma's delegation of authority for federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant (NESHAP) regulations (also known as MACT rules) promulgated in 40 CFR Parts 61 and »

  • Oklahoma DEQ 2017 Air Report  - 

    The 2017 Air Data Report has been posted. The report charts air quality monitoring data collected at 30 monitors for criteria pollutants across the state. The report shows Oklahoma is in attainment for all the NAAQS, along with analysis of each »

  • ODEQ's View of EPA's Recent NSR/PSD Policy Changes  - 

    EPA continues to fundamentally change policies on how the PSD pre-construction air permitting program is to be implemented. It started with a December 7, 2017 memo focused on the procedural requirements for, and EPA's policy regarding scrutinizing, »

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Ontario

  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting - October 1  - 

    Important News on the GHG FrontPlease be aware the Ministry of Environment is in the "wind down" process of the cap-and-trade program - which is being eliminated under the new government. The amendments to the cap and trade regulations formally came »

  • Toxics Reduction Act Amendments  - 

    The MOECC has amended Ontario Regulation 455/09 under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009. The amendments came into effect on April 23, 2018.The following updates have been made to the regulations:The plan cycle has been extended by a year making the »

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Oregon

  • TSCA Title VI Formaldehyde Rule Compliance Moved Up to June 1, 2018  - 

    On March 13, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in the case of Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana vs. Scott Pruitt, which resulted in the compliance date for formaldehyde emission »

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

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Texas

  • Updates to TCEQ Fugitive Guidance Document  - 

    The Air Permits Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published a revised technical guidance document for Chemical Source Fugitive (APDG 6422) in June of 2018. This guidance is aimed to assist with appropriately permitting »

  • San Antonio (Bexar County) is Designated a Nonattainment Area for Ozone  - 

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is implementing the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone.Ground-level ozone is a gas that is formed by the reaction of volatile organic compounds and oxides of nitrogen »

  • Have PSM or RMP Questions? We Can Help!  - 

    The graphic below provides a brief outline of Federal PSM/RMP Elements that may apply to your facility based on your facility's PSM and RMP applicability level. OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) rule includes 14 program elements. EPA's Risk »

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Utah

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Vermont

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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Virginia

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Washington

  • TSCA Title VI Formaldehyde Rule Compliance Moved Up to June 1, 2018  - 

    On March 13, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in the case of Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana vs. Scott Pruitt, which resulted in the compliance date for formaldehyde emission »

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Washington, DC

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West Virginia

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Wyoming

  • Triennial Review of Surface Water Quality Standards  - 

    The public is invited to attend and comment at two public hearings on September 24 in Casper, and on September 28 in Cheyenne, related to upcoming revisions to Wyoming Surface Water Quality Standards. The Clean Water Act requires triennial review of »

  • Ongoing Efforts to Revise Rules for DEQ Public Records Access  - 

    The Wyoming Environmental Council will continue consideration of proposed revisions to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Rules of Practice and Procedure, at a public hearing on November 6, 2018. The revisions are to incorporate »

  • Oil & Gas Permitting Guidance Update  - 

    On September 10, 2018, the Air Quality Division released a correction to the Technical Support Document for its proposed 2018 Oil and Gas Production Facilities Permitting Guidance. The corrections are related to costs for controlling fugitive »

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